Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has made a significant announcement, unveiling the amalgamation of two wholly owned ferry and coastal RORO vessel operating companies under the new entity named "MOL Sunflower Ltd." This integration brings together MOL Ferry Co., Ltd. and Ferry Sunflower Limited, forging a union that promises to enhance Japan's logistics and contribute to the enrichment of people's lives through the realm of cruise travel. The "Sunflower" brand, which has been a stalwart in Japan's logistics for over five decades, will continue to flourish under the auspices of MOL Sunflower Ltd. With an impressive fleet of 15 vessels servicing six regular routes, the company solidifies its position as Japan's largest ferry and coastal RORO vessel operator.In April 2023, MOL established the "Headquarters of Wellbeing & Lifestyle Business" to provide organizational support for the expansion of its non-shipping ventures. Within this framework, the ferry and coastal RORO vessel business, characterized by its strong business-to-consumer (BtoC) nature, along with real property and cruise ship enterprises, were placed under the headquarters to serve as core components of the MOL Group's business strategy. By merging and consolidating these two companies, which serve as the foundation of MOL's ferry business, the company aims to foster further growth and development.The new company, MOL Sunflower Ltd., will commence operations on October 1, offering an array of enhanced services to cater to diverse customer needs. With a network encompassing Sapporo, Tomakomai, Oarai, Osaka, Kobe, Fukuoka, Kanda, Oita, Beppu, Kumamoto, Miyazaki, Shibushi, and Kagoshima, MOL Sunflower Ltd. seeks to deliver a comfortable and memorable cruising experience that fosters a sense of "bonding," "peace of mind," and "confidence" among passengers, their families, friends, pets, colleagues, and acquaintances.